Heavenly flutes at Cathedral of Forest

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Published on: July 5, 2016

Fiona Crawley and Laura Hosford performed Cimarosa’s Concerto for Two Flutes at Royal Forest of Dean’s farewell concert for inspirational conductor Jack Lovell on Saturday July 2. Superb swan song for Jack who also conducted Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Beethoven’s Symphony No 2. The orchestra wishes him all the best for the future.

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Laura Hosford and Fiona Crawley

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Published on: June 27, 2016

 

RFDO JUNE 2016 LAURA HOSFORD1  RFDO JUNE 2016 Fiona Crawley

Laura started playing the flute at her local primary school in Coleford when she was 8. After starting to play piano a few years later, Laura has since gone on to pass grade 8 in both instruments, obtaining a distinction in her grade 8 flute. This is her third year with the orchestra, which she enjoys regularly playing in alongside other ensembles in the Forest of Dean, such as The Forest Flute Choir.

Laura joined Sir Thomas Rich’s School sixth form in Gloucester in 2014, where she is deputy school captain and principal flute in the school orchestra. She is currently studying for A Levels in Economics, Maths and Geography, and hopes to take a place up at Durham University in the autumn to study Economics.

Laura is looking forward to sharing the stage with Fiona Crawley, her teacher and musical inspiration, for her concerto debut.

Fiona is very active as a teacher and performer throughout Gloucestershire and beyond. She started playing the flute under Pete Tompkins at Wyedean School when she was 11 and quickly progressed to grade 8. Following a BA (Hons) in music and Italian from Bristol University where she specialised in performance and twentieth century repertoire she spent several years working for publishing houses before returning to music. She now teaches extensively in local schools and runs a thriving private practice.

Fiona is the founder and musical director of The Forest Flute Choir, now in its eleventh year and she is also responsible for creating the Yvonne Walkerdine Music Bursary which rewards young people for their music making and creative passion. She is delighted to be performing with Laura for this double flute concerto.

Spring 2016 Concert

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Published on: June 23, 2016

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Musical Director Vacancy

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Published on: April 6, 2016

The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra is looking for a new Musical Director from September 2016. We are a well established chamber orchestra of about 30 players giving three concerts per annum at different venues in the Forest of Dean. Rehearsals are held at Newnham St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, GL14 1AT, on Thursday evenings from 7.30 – 9.30pm in school term times.

Please apply, including a short CV, to the chairman, Liz Pritchard, at  liz@gl14.net by 9th May. Auditions will be held on 19th and 26th May using part of the repertoire for our July concert:

 

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major

 

For further information please email as above.

Rebecca McNaught performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto

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Published on: March 18, 2016

GYM 2015 winner Rebecca McNaught4

Don’t miss the chance to hear award-winning county cellist Rebecca McNaught at the our Spring Concert on Saturday (March 19), 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church, Newnham-on-Severn. The Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2015 will be playing Elgar’s heart-breakingly beautiful Cello Concerto under the baton of talented 25-year-old musical director Jack Lovell. Not only will this Elgar favourite be performed, but also the Enigma Variations – which will stretch the orchestra to its limit! To start the evening there’ll be Mendelssohn’s Overture ‘Calm Sea and a Prosperous Voyage’. Tickets on the door £8 (concessions £6) school children free.

Spring 2016 Concert

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RFDO Appeal for youngsters to come to Xmas rehearsal

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Published on: November 23, 2015

Bring your primary school age children to see a real orchestra rehearsing for their Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 5th between 1.45-2.30pm at Coleford Baptist Church in Newland Street.
There’ll be carols with percussion and a taste of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – and it’s free! Just come along.

The Concert itself is in the evening starting at 7.30pm featuring Rimsky Korsakov’s Suite from the Snow Maiden, the Nutcracker and all things Christmas with talented young guest conductor Michael Cobb.

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Winter 2015 Concert

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Published on: November 12, 2015

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Press Release: Summer 2015 Concert

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Published on: September 16, 2015

Summer Concert at Newland Church, Saturday 4th July 2015

It could have been disaster for the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra at its summer concert at Newland church. The opening piece was Smetana’s Vltava, an atmospheric work which relies heavily on percussion for the more dramatic parts. Unfortunately there was no percussionist available, but to save the night the Reverend Sarah Bick, who is the vicar in charge of five other parish churches as well as Newland, bravely stepped in to play cymbals and triangle quite faultlessly. Sarah is an experienced all round musician, as singer, pianist, cellist and percussionist, just the sort of person you need on hand when cymbals need clashing and triangles need striking.

Vltava was an ambitious choice by musical director Jack Lovell, but the Orchestra carried it off quite superbly. The piece is a symphonic poem to the river of the same name, and was a romantic anthem without words to Czech nationalism. Jack delicately steered the orchestra through the mountain springs, forests, meadows, riverside villages and rocks of Bohemia, as depicted by the music.

The Orchestra’s close partnership with the Birmingham Conservatoire has provided a series of fine soloists for its concerts, and following in this tradition, Philippa (correct) Green was the star performer in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Philippa, graduate of the Conservatoire, enjoys a busy and varied career that takes in opera, musicals, pop, and chamber music as well as virtuoso violin performances such as the Mendelssohn masterpiece. She had only one opportunity to rehearse with the Orchestra before the concert, but it was a dazzling performance of fiendishly difficult piece, full of wit and confidence, well backed up by the Orchestra, with subtle unspoken communication between conductor and soloist to keep things moving smoothly.

The programme finished with another Czech symphony, Dvorak’s New World (No 9), composed in a late 19th century exile in America, in which the composer introduces some echoes of contemporary American popular music to this Bohemian rhapsody. The thrilling last movement of this great work was a fine ending to another well attended, well performed and well balanced musical evening at Newland.

The Orchestra’s next concert is on 5th December at Coleford Baptist Church and the programme includes The Nutcracker, by Tchaikovsky, and other festive favourites.

Dave Kent

Mid Summer Concert Success

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Published on: July 9, 2015

Magnificent Cathedral of Forest midsummer concert by Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra under talented Jack Lovell’s baton – and guess who came to rescue of percussion section? Thank you to music degree vicar the Rev Sarah Bick who took up cymbals at a moment’s notice in Smetana opener – we were literally on a wing and a prayer! And thank you Pip Green for brilliant Mendelssohn Violin Concerto!

Soloist Pip Green
Soloist Pip Green
Rehearsing with soloist Pip Green at the Cathedral of the Forest, Newland.
Rehearsing with soloist Pip Green at the Cathedral of the Forest, Newland.
The Rev Sarah Bick
The Rev Sarah Bick
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